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Side 2

This is a tape of agbadza music, which hs its roots in a historical war dance. It’s still commonly performed along the coast of West Africa, around eastern Ghana and Togo and Benin.

The agbadza dance is pretty distinct. This Togolese hip-hop video shows people dancing agbadza (flapping arm movement), among other things…

27 responses to “Agbadza”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I dig cassettes and dig this blog. Your Agbadza post is Ewe drumming typically found more toward the Togo border. I was lucky to get immersed in this stuff a few years back when I spent several weeks in really small Ewe village. This music happened daily. Great stuff!

  2. Hum, make me remenber when i was in Ivory coast. Catched some words. )
    Good swing

  3. Wow … just found this blog … phenomenal.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I came across your blog after reading a very interesting article in Mute Magazine: ‘I Like Listening to Awesome Tapes from Africa’.

    Andy Moor from The Ex discusses the controversies of African music being so popular in the West. He discusses the important role of Awesome Tapes From Africa making available music that otherwise would remain unknown and opposes it to the exploitation of big ‘world music’ labels. The article is definitely worth reading.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the link to Andy Moore’s -long- article/interview. Just saw them with the 75 years old ethiopian legendary sax player Getachew Mekuria last week (although their show is already 2 years old now). Seeing the way he looks amused playing punk rock is highly enjoying and communicative! Despite what I could read here and there, in my opinion both music styles (ethiopian and rock) benefit from this unusual blend.

  6. Anonymous says:

    nice posts!! the video is a cool treat…. i bought the Agbadza tape in Accra, but the cover had no info– just a blue design… glad to finally know song titles & stuff….


  7. david santos says:

    Excellent card!!! Congratulations!!! Have a nice day!!!

  8. DJ Faceplant says:

    Fantastic sounds. Really atmospheric and entrancing.

    I think the Masta Popa track on the video is excellent. I’m going to see if I can find more of his music.

  9. Jeroenemans says:


  10. thursdayborn says:

    seems to be working fine…?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Side 1 does not download

  12. thursdayborn says:

    ok, i fixed side 1, it should work now. not sure what happened there!

  13. Jess says:

    Stumbled across your blog from Awesomest, and it’s fantastic… keep the hits coming and happy new year!

  14. James Howard says:

    Not to sound ungrateful, because this blog is awesome (as the title would suggest — occasionally I read it aloud to myself as “Awesome, tapes from Africa”), but Side 2 seems to have only partially uploaded. Currently it’s five megabytes and runs four minutes long, which would mean a pretty lopsided cassette if this were originally the case.

    Thanks for all the great work!

  15. peskypesky says:

    wasn’t sure about this at the very beginning, but once the percussion kicks in, this takes off into the sublime.

  16. thursdayborn says:

    ok i am reloading side two. thanks and sorry about that.

  17. Anonymous says:

    AWESOME blog bro! Keep it up!
    Cheers from Serbia!

  18. rump says:

    dead video link?

  19. koto samba says:

    sounds very similar to Haiti vudun music, Amazing! thanks for posting

  20. rose says:

    thanks for the article.

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  24. David says:

    Great Ewe – Agbadza music, thoroughly enjoying this one. Thank you so much!

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